Review: The Body Shop InstaBlur All-In-One 5-Action Perfector

Filters are so the in-thing these days – it’s like a socially-acceptable normal person’s solution to fillers and botox. Just tap, tap, tap and heyyyy my cheeks are so plump and cute and my forehead is line-less. Pores? What pores are you talkin’ about? I have none. hoho.

But then again, these  only exist when in photos. Once people see you in real life, they’ll know the jig is up. Flawless in photos, floor-first in person I say. And this is the rationale behind The Body Shop’s All-in-One 5-Action Perfector InstaBlur.


TBS InstaBlurThe Body Shop InstaBlur All-In-One 5-Action Perfector – SGD$32.90


TBS InstaBlur (1)

TBS InstaBlur (2)

TBS InstaBlur (3)A barely discernible difference

TBS InstaBlur (4)

TBS InstaBlur (5)Testing it out with Laneige Pore Control BB Cushion


Here’s the ingredients list:

  • Isononanoate
  • Polymethyl Methacrylate
  • Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil
  • Ethylene Brassylate
  • Tocopheryl Acetate
  • Laureth-4


I say…

Well first of all, what is it? It’s a combination of mattifying powder particles and Vitamin E cream.

  • It works by blurring out skin imperfections such as discolouration, blemishes, redness and previous acne battle scars.
  • The 5 actions include 12-hour shine control, pore smoothing, blemish hiding, complexion unifying as well as extending the wear time of your makeup.
  • To me, it essentially means 2 words – no pores. Or 1 word (pore-less), if you may.
  • It’s a primer that makes your skin oh-so-smooth and velvety – it’s the last step after your daily skincare routine, and before you apply your makeup.
  • There’s no scent, and it’s a little tough to squeeze outta the tube – it’s not really a liquid, but more of a solidified bunch of almost-powdery molecules.
  • A little pea-sized pearl is enough for one cheek – I tend to just apply it to areas where I feel needs pore coverage, but hey, if you want to go all out, be my guest. After all, despite applying several layers, it didn’t cake, and doesn’t feel heavy at all.
  • It doesn’t take much blending – the product almost melts into your skin. I’m like “whuttt where did it go?!”
  • I know that it didn’t drop off though, cos I can feel a significant improvement in my skin texture – it’s smoothhhh like a baby’s bottom – pore-less, oil-less, and line-less.
  • Makeup glides on so much easily, and the InstaBlur doesn’t affect / change the consistency of the makeup by much, cos it’s more of a base rather than something to mix into your foundation/bb.
  • It mattifies your face almost instantly, so if you’re looking for some glow, select products that have a dewy finish such as the IOPE Air Cushion XP or Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion, or dab on some highlighter onto specific spots that you wish to focus on i.e. cheeks, C-zone, nose bridge etc.
  • Note that this can be somewhat of a concern for those with drier skin, so slather on some extra moisturiser if you belong to this group.
  • In terms of wear time, my makeup did stay on longer by about 10-20% simply cos the pesky pores weren’t secreting as much sebum as they usually did.
  • Beauty tip: Now, although it doesn’t feel too cloggy to me, it’s always important to do a proper cleansing. I use Bioderma, Innisfree Juicy Apple Emulsion, Biore Cleansing Wipes, Clarisonic + a foamy cleanser (along with a gentle botanical scrub on alternate days) to avoid pores clogging.


Overall, it’s a really decent primer – it’s easy to apply, doesn’t cake your makeup, and most importantly, hides those icky enlarged pores. Baby’s bottom, anyone?




9 thoughts on “Review: The Body Shop InstaBlur All-In-One 5-Action Perfector

    • Yup, tried that too and also reviewed it. They do work in the same way, but the initial texture is slightly difference. Maybelline’s is slightly more liquid.. but in any case the eventual result is really, really similar. Both give matte finishes and make the skin feel really really smooth and a pore-less appearance.

  1. Is there silicone in it? I tried the MUFE one and while it felt rly smooth, when I went to take off my makeup, I could see a lot more blackheads!! It feels stifling for the pores, and it does not happen when I do not use it. Any similar experiences?

    • Hey YJ,

      I’m no scientist, so here’s the ingredients list:

      Polymethyl Methacrylate
      Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil
      Ethylene Brassylate
      Tocopheryl Acetate

      Personally, it doesn’t feel too cloggy on the pores .. perhaps it’s my cleansing routine that helps to remove it completely? I use Bioderma, Cleaning emulsion + cleansing wipes, followed by Clarisonic + a foamy cleanser and a gentle botanical scrub on alternate days.

  2. I’m still confused what skin blurring primers do.. Do they just make the pores less visible? I’ve heard they blur out pimples when taking photographs but I highly doubt that….. Sorry if I sound really dumb xD

    • Hey riree, it’s essentially a product that “masks” and “covers” your skin imperfections – covering the uneven texture so that your skin looks smoothened – no pimples, no bumps, no pore bumps etc. once you apply your usual makeup over it , you skin will look very smooth and plumped out (kinda like after a collagen injection). 🙂

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